What is a Bottom Line?
An important aspect in the recovery process for any individual is in establishing a bottom line; identifying the behaviors which you will no longer take part in. It’s a limit that you set for yourself for the best chance of maintaining your sobriety. Or with regard to food addiction, it’s the limit that you set to maintain your healthy relationship with food. Each individual’s bottom line may look a little different. For an alcoholic, your bottom line may be that you won’t go into a bar. For a gambler, it may be that you won’t go into a casino. Regardless of one’s addiction, your bottom line sets a boundary. It’s your “No matter what” statement.
In the Lifestyle Transformation treatment program, we aim to help clients establish their bottom lines and stick to them throughout the course of their program. Setting bottom lines help to ground your recovery. To commit you to specific behaviors that help you deal with any resistance or relapse. They will change as you progress through your recovery, but they become something that you can succeed in accomplishing even in the midst of relapse.
Examples of Bottom Lines
I will eat breakfast every morning
I will eat all of my meals at the table
I will not eat after 8 pm
I will not eat fast food more than x times per week
I will not eat while watching TV, using my phone or reading, etc.
When I slip up, I will tell someone
No matter what, I will not give up
Setting your bottom lines during recovery will help you see progress and maintain your healthy relationship with food.